When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful. Restore our fortunes, Lord , like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves. Psalms 126:1-6
No one knows for sure, but Psalm 126 was probably written by Ezra upon the Israelite’s return from Babylon to Jerusalem. Within that historical context, we understand the joy of the psalm writter!
Israel had split into two countries after King David’s grandson became the king. The Northern Kingdom retained the name, Israel, while the Southern Kingdom, containing the Capitol City of Jerusalem became known as Judah. Judah was soon conquored by the Nation of Babylon and taken as captives to Babylon (modern day Iraq). 70 years later, they were released to return. This was a day that had long been prayed for, longed for and anticipated. Now they were headed home and it was a dream come true! They laughed praised and God all the way home! This was witnessed by the onlooking nations, who talk about how great God had been to them.
Suddenly, the txt shifts and becomes very personal. The writer says, “the Lord has done great for us and we are joyful”. He then asks God to restore Jerusalem’s fortune and restore her. Then he says something profound: “Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy”. They had wept for 70 years of captivity, now it was time to rejoice!
What are you weeping over today? Take your weeping to Jesus and let Him heal your heart today.
Think about it!